The John Locke Foundation
Cordially invites you to

a meeting of the Shaftesbury Society

with our special guest

Warren Bingham

- Speaker and Writer from Raleigh, NC

George Washington's Southern Tour of 1791

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Monday, May 07, 2012
12:00 PM, Noon

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00

During his first term as the nation's first president, George Washington visited the thirteen original states. As historian Richard Norton Smith puts it, "Washington desired to see and be seen." Essentially Washington was promoting the Constitution and the new federal government, but had to overcome the rigors of 18th century travel and the tedium of being feted at every stop. In the spring of 1791, the president made the last of these trips, the Southern Tour, a pilgrimage through Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.

Warren Bingham

Warren Bingham is a proud North Carolinian, a promoter of the state, and has visited all one hundred counties. He has lived most of his adult life in Raleigh, but grew-up in the southern Piedmont town of Mount Gilead.

Though Warren's career has been related mostly to selling and marketing financial products and services with stints at Cameron Brown Company, Protective Life Insurance Corporation, and the North Carolina Community Foundation, he has maintained a vigorous avocation in history, and presently dedicates most of his time to speaking and writing.

By junior high school, Warren's interest in history was in full flower; he especially loved North Carolina social studies. Earning a degree in American history from UNC-Chapel Hill and later a Masters in Liberal Studies from Hollins College in Virginia, Warren has kept busy for the last 20 years as a writer and speaker. He's been published in a variety of newspapers and specialty journals and has been a contributor to reference books by UNC Press, and has now spoken to over three hundred audiences.

He has a special interest in two "Georges:" George Washington and George C. Marshall. He has written a manuscript on George Washington's 1791 presidential visit to the South, and he is a longtime friend to the George C. Marshall Museum and Foundation in Lexington, Virginia.
The book on Washington's tour is to be published in 2014 by GFT Publishing (

In addition to staying on the trail of President Washington, Warren is an active promoter of the NC Museum of History and is a reader and announcer for the Triangle Radio Reading Service, which primarily broadcasts to the visually impaired and disabled.

Warren is married to the former Laura Carpenter, a native of Kings Mountain, NC. On his initial visit to meet Laura's family back in early 1982, as one might expect, Warren made his first visit to the Kings Mountain National Military Park-but blessedly he still found time to win over Laura's family.

Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.

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